Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF Macro A-mount lens review by ColinNZ01

reviewer#9355 date: Aug-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 70-210 "beercan"
Sigma 18-125 F3.5-5.6 DC
price paid:225 USD new
positive:Great range for a walkaround lens
Extremely good value

negative:A bit on the heavy side!
Lens hood is very good but could be a bit more sturdy
AF can be a bit slow
comment:I had trouble finding one of these at a good price so when I was able to get it NEW at around 225 USD on eBay I grabbed it!! I am very happy with this lens.

I have had this lens since January 2009 and I use this on my camera pretty much all the time when I'm at home. It produces pictures with very good colour and sharpness. I have not noticed any distortion.

It's just a bit big and heavy to take on overseas trips for my liking. I have a Sigma 18-125 which I use as a travel lens as this is much smaller and lighter. Although the Tamron produces nicer images than the Sigma.

This is my favourite lens.

November 2011: Just updated my camera to the A580 and this lens just gets better! Focusing seems a lot quicker on the A580 than I had become used to on my old A100.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 51
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.47
  • build: 4.51
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 4.22
  • overall: 4.36
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